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After the Wave: Young French Cinema in the 1970s

Bulle Ogier as Rosamonde

The wonderful Bulle Ogier (Céline and Julie Go Boating) is the post-hippie, pre-punk modern woman at the centre of this celebration of instinctive revolt.

Two writers – one a journalist, one a novelist – come together to script a TV show based on the case of a young working-class woman, Rosamonde (Bulle Ogier), suspected of shooting her uncle. One sets out to create the script from imagination, the other goes after the facts; her truth eludes them both.

Rosamonde embodies a post-1968 version of freedom and defiance. Come-of-age in a time of political stasis, after the radical hopes of the 1960s have been swallowed up, Rosamonde drifts from one dead-end job to another. There is no collective struggle; her rebellion is one of small disruptions to bourgeois society and resistance to forces of control – in a shoe shop, for instance, caressing the legs of customers trying on shoes.

Tagged with: Cinema After the Wave

France/Switzerland 1971 Dir Alain Tanner 125 min Digital presentation

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